Airlines are still waiting for recertification from the FAA for Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX aircraft, and the delays continue to wreak havoc with their schedules. Both American and Southwest this week said they have pushed back the earliest date for the expected return of the MAX to scheduled service. American’s previous schedule anticipated a return of the MAX by April 6, but that has been pushed back to June 4 – the same date that United set about a month ago. Southwest had previously said it hoped to see the MAX back in service by April 13; now it is targeting June 6. Boeing, which recently got rid of its CEO as a result of the MAX mess, is now recommending that airlines should put their 737 MAX pilots through flight simulator training for the updated aircraft. But as the Seattle Times noted, “There are only 34 full-motion MAX simulators in the world, eight of them in the U.S., and tens of thousands of pilots who will need time on one.” … [Read more...] about Routes: SFO security; JetBlue, Spirit at OAK + Alaska, MAX, United, Delta, AA, airport lounges
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She said it would let suburban communities without robust public transit off the hook, putting additional pressure on San Francisco to meet the region’s growing housing needs. She argued that the city should focus on streamlining building permits of the 30,000 units that have been approved but not built. The west side, she said, could help alleviate the crisis with “more three- to five-unit buildings that fit the character of our neighborhoods.” … [Read more...] about Housing a defining issue in SF mayor’s race
As commutes become longer and more arduous, the rail system has taken an outsize role in people’s lives. Board directors constantly field emails and tweets from riders who want to feel like the transit agency’s leadership is listening. Since Simon is the sole black board director, she’s often first to hear from people who feel their civil rights have been violated on the BART system. Now she’s also a sympathetic ear for people pushed to the distant corners of the region in search of affordable housing. … [Read more...] about Lateefah Simon leading BART’s board on different track
Fuel dumping is a very infrequent practice, and one that is used only in case of emergencies or if pilots have to lessen the load of the plane to land. When it does happen, pilots try and dump fuel over water or at higher altitudes, so the fuel can atomize and disperse before it hits the ground. … [Read more...] about Newsletter: How did a plane end up dropping jet fuel on an L.A. playground?
The best of intentions meet city bureaucracy: Cat Packer, a millennial black queer woman, seemed to personify L.A.'s progressive vision for pot legalization when she was named L.A.'s cannabis czar. The Department of Cannabis Regulation, her new agency, was not just going to hand out permits for pot shops. It was supposed to do something much more ambitious and radical: Ensure that the communities hit hardest by the criminalization of marijuana would benefit from its legalization. Two years later, Packer has become the public face of the city’s stumbles in realizing that goal. Los Angeles Times … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Oscar noms and a Democratic debate in the week ahead